Nacogdoches Hero Foundation
Board Members

Board Members

We believe in
Respect Compassion Our Community Family Support Giving Back

Treat people as the should be treated. In the Soldiers Code, we pledge to “treat others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same.” Respect is what allows us to appreciate the best in other people. Respect is trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty.

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Jason Bradford


1996 CJ grad of SHSU, 5th generation Texan, USMC Infantry/ Reconnaissance Officer Retired, Past owner of Nacogdoches Sheet Metal, Plumbing & AC.  Currently serving as Director of Procurement with Blue Cardinal Home Service Group.

Lori Velek

Vice President

2004 SFA Graduate of Criminal Justice.  20 years of Sales Management, currently employed with Blue Cardinal Home Services Group.  Married to Adam Velek with 2 children and currently resides in Nacogdoches, TX.  

Mariko Badders, esq.

Board Member

Mariko Badders is a trial attorney at Badders Law Firm. As a graduate of Wake Forest University Mariko was commissioned as an officer in the US Army.  Mariko lives in Nacogdoches, with her family where she is honored to serve local veterans and first responders through her involvement in the Nacogdoches Hero Foundation.

Kristi Barnes

Board Member

Owner / Broker at Living Texas Realty Group, providing Real Estate services since 1998 in Nacogdoches, Texas and surrounding areas.  1994 SFA graduate with Master of Science degree.  Married to Brian Barnes, retired Texas DPS Trooper. 

Sean Black

Board Member

Sean Black is a Battalion Chief for the Nacogdoches Fire Department. He has proudly served Nacogdoches and surrounding communities for 24 years. Chief Black has degrees in Fire Science and Fire Administration and also holds multiple field related master level certifications. He currently serves on the NFD search and rescue dive team, swift water rescue team, and is a strike team leader trainee for the department’s wildland team.

Sheriff, Jason Bridges

Board Member

Jason Bridge is the Sheriff for Nacogdoches County, and was sworn into office on January 1, 2013. I have over 30 years of law enforcement experience, and prior to that I served in the United States Marine Corps. I was raised in Nacogdoches County, and I am honored to serve our community. Married to my wife, Ashley for over 20 years, we have one grown child, and two more still in school. 

Michelle Colbey


2008 SFA graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Along with my husband Chris, co-owner and bookkeeper of TimberPro Forest Service since 2000. 

Scott Goodrich

Board Member

1977 SFA graduate currently retired after 43 years in the wholesale malt beverage industry most recently as Branch Manager of R&K Distributors (Anheuser-Busch). Married to Robbie Goodrich, employed at SFA as head of Media Relations for the Fine Arts Department.

Bryant Krenek

Board Member

Bryant Krenek,  BS Texas A&M, MS Trinity University, 33 years Hospital CEO, 26 years Banking governing board, multiple community boards, 46 years Nacogdoches resident & business owner.

Troy Massey

Board Member

Owner of Massey Trucking, Tri-State Vacuum & Rental, President of the Massey Foundation.

Stephanie Simmons


Owner/Associate Broker at Living Texas Realty Group with over a 20-year career in providing Real Estate services in Nacogdoches and surrounding areas. 2000 SFA graduate with an Animal Science degree. Married to Nacogdoches Fire Captain, Steven Gutermuth with 3 children.

Ted Smith

Board Member

Born and raised in Houston; residing in Nacogdoches since 1997. SFA Graduate Class of 2007. State Farm Agent since 2017. Dozens of my family members are veterans and first responders.

Blake westmoreland

Board Member

A 1994 Business Graduate of SFA. Married to wife Julie, also a 94 SFA Graduate, for 30 years and have two grown children.  A 30 year career in leadership roles, mostly in fortune 500 companies.  Currently PCM of Moore Supply Nacogdoches, a Division of Hajoca Corporation.  24 years of combined residency in Nacogdoches. 

Nancy C. Windham

Board Member

President & CEO of the Texas Forest Country Partnership and a consulting firm, Nancy Windham Company.  During 37 years of Econ Dev experience, she has served on appointed boards which include the SFASU Board of Regents, and currently, the Commission on the Arts.   She attended SFASU, graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.  Her grown children and grandchildren live in Nacogdoches County, Lewisville, and Austin. 

NPD Chief, scott weems

Board Member

Employed with the Nacogdoches Police Department for 30 years, currently serving as Chief. A 1993 Criminal Justice graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University as well as a 2022 graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Married to wife, Angela, for 30 years and have two grown children and two grandchildren with another grandchild on the way.

Carol Gandy

Emeritus Board Member

Dr. chris klingenberg

Emeritus Board Member